The Chicago Bears will be on the road against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day. At 5-6, the Bears are not having the season they expected but they might be able to turn in a big performance on national television.
The Lions are without Matthew Stafford. They have been starting Jeff Driskel but he seemed to have injured his hamstring in their Week 12 loss to the Washington Redskins. If he is unable to go, it will be David Blough.
Either way, the Bears' defense should pin their ears back and attack the Lions' offense. Here are three bold predictions for Chicago's defense on Thanksgiving Day.
3. Bears Score Defensive Touchdown
In 2018, the Bears made a name for themselves by turning their opponents over and scoring on the defensive side of the ball. This season, they have not been doing as much of that. There will be chances on Thanksgiving.
Chicago needs its defense to get hot if they want any chance of making a run this season. When you are up against a backup or third strong quarterback, there is no reason not to dominate. They will get in the end zone on either an interception or fumble return.
2. Create Multiple Turnovers
It is said above that the Bears will have chances to score on the defensive end. To do that, they will have to create turnovers. That is what they will do against the Lions.
The Bears have forced 14 fumbles and have just seven interceptions. Both of these numbers are in the middle of the pack in the league. In Week 10, Chicago picked off Driskel once. He is coming off a game where he threw three against the Redskins. Chicago's defense knows what its up against and they should be fluting around the field.
1. Lions Find End Zone Once
It is hard to move the ball against the Bears' defense no matter who is under center. Without Stafford, it makes the Lions' job even harder. They should not get shutout in this game but it is hard to see them getting in the end zone more than once.
The Bears' defense will be playing all 60 minutes here. Their offense is not good enough to pull away from a team so their defense has to be that much better. On a national stage against a division rival, Chicago should have no problem getting up for this game.